- Isamu Noguchi
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The 2010–11 Teen Advisory Board explored digital technology to create An Oasis in Astoria, a video telling a visual biographic account of The Noguchi Museum. They collaborated with Global Kids, a youth leadership organization, to learn how to use digital mediums such as podcasts and QR codes. TAB members chose to employ video storytelling for their final project and focus on TAB’s reflections on the Museum as well as Noguchi’s own visions for the space. TAB focused on The Noguchi Museum’s role in the Long Island City community as a place of refuge and serenity from a bustling, industrious neighborhood. To celebrate the screening of the film, TAB invited high school students, of which over 60 were in attendance, to the museum for an INterpret evening of art-making activities and to watch the premiere. Sketchbooks were also distributed for visitors to use in a gallery sketching activity. Throughout the year, TAB members visited museums such as the Rubin Museum of Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art to meet with other their teen program participants. At the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, TAB met with the education department to discuss the exhibition on view, Chaos and Classicism. They also explored different museum professions, interviewing Noguchi staff about their roles at the museum. After gaining expertise on Noguchi through the TAB program, members led art-making workshops for children at the Ravenswood Family Literacy Center.